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These people share the same country as us. October 17, 2008

Posted by Robert in Election 08, Politics, Social Commentary, Television.
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It’s sad to think that the most honest uncensored real-world testimonials are coming from Al-Jezeera, a news organization that was once and in some circles still is reviled as a mouthpiece of Islamic extremists.

But remember people, freedom of speech means all speech not just the speech that you agree with.  These people maybe be uninformed and hateful, but they have the same right to speak their minds as any other American.  It would just be nice if the American media was free to cover it as honestly as the Islamic media.

The terrible part of it is that it is we, the public that causes so much censorship and filtration of our news.   We are the ones who file FCC complaints en masse when we see half a nipple a Super-Bowl Halftime show causing decades of increased content sensibilities in broadcasting.  It is we who fund and fuel the special interest groups who’s job it is to make sure that if someone in the public eye says a poorly worded sentence that as many people as possible find out about it and are told where to complain.

We have the power to stop this. It’s called the remote control.

Next. Time. Just. Change. The. Channel.

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1. Valerie Curl - October 17, 2008

I’ve not seen this video on the networks — any of them. But it confirms for me what I’ve been saying and blogging about for several weeks now. The hatred, racism, and xenophobia being fostered by the McCain campaign is dangerous.

I was a small kid in the deep South prior to Civil Rights. I remember the hatred visited upon the “other” — the Blacks who sat in fear on their front porches as my White family drove down their streets after Church on a hot, sunny day. I remember Afro-American people who could not get a job other than janitor, cleaning woman or garbage man just because of their skin color. I remember learning that Black people lived in rumbled shacks without doors or windows because they were the only places they could find to live. I remember being told that I could not play with Black children because they carried dreadful diseases that I would catch.

Everything – EVERYTHING – I learned in that deep South regarding race spoke against the Christian teachings I was taught in Church. I was taught Jesus loved the little children, all the children of the world. Race, creed, culture, religion and ethnicity did not matter. It was the essence of people’s hearts that mattered.

As an adult, I learned that homosapiens — human beings — originated in Africa. Everyone’s furthest ancestors were Black. As a result, skin color is irrelevant. We are all kin beneath the skin. Even Shakespeare, in the 1600s, acknowledged the sameness of all humanity.

Thomas Jefferson wrote that this country welcomed people of all faiths: Christian, Jewish, Hindus, and Muslims. If Jefferson can accept people of all faiths, then why, after 200 years of this nation’s inauguration, cannot we?

Our Constitution is strong enough support us all, regardless of race or religion or ethnic background. Espousing hate for any group, however innocent, is not only anti-Christian, it is anti-Constitution and anti-American.

As inscribed on the Statue of Liberty:

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


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